Here are a few shots from summer! A few are from our epic journey across America which I already posted, but which I consider some of my better pictures of the summer, and some are just life. Hope you enjoy!
We got some really pretty eggs from friends who raise chickens, and I thought I’d try my hand at a vintagey still life. Everything (except the eggs, of course) are vintage: egg basket, linens, milk-glass bowl, and, I hope, editing. I’m still learning to use our editing system, bare-bones as it is, to the fullest extent. One of the fun ways I’ve been able to do that is to lower the saturation a little and add a yellow-orange shade to make the photo look slightly antiqued. Fun stuff.
Orange is my new favorite color. Not that it trumps my all-time favorite color, green, but it is right up there. Orange with hints of reddish-pink…delicious! So when my friend brought me some gerbera daisies in my New Favorite Color, I was very excited and spent half an hour by the window trying to use the manual focus to get a picture of that color. Didn’t turn out all that bad after editing!
And here’s my just for fun picture! Just so you know how incredibly amateur I am at this photography business, let me tell a tale on myself. Once upon a time, I was sightseeing with my family at this Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and I was trying to go out on a limb and experiment with the F-stops on my camera — which is something that I usually stay away from. But the lighting was dim and I thought, oh, it’ll be easy…I’ll just open up my aperture using the Av setting and not even worry about shutter speed. Well. I turned the dial the wrong direction, having clean forgotten which way I was supposed to turn it, and the end result was that the shutter stayed open for a good…I don’t know. Fifteen seconds. Once I realized what was happening and that there was no way I was going to hold the camera still enough for that long to get a good picture anyway, I decided to just go along with it and I took my camera and swirled it around and around all the blue, red and yellow lights. And that’s what I got! I could call it modern art. I could say it was a picture of the virgin Mary and sell it on Ebay. Or I could call it what it is — a fluke that turned out fun. I think I’ll be doing the latter. =)
Hopefully I’ll be posting some new poetry and (possibly) news on a big, rather exciting project soon!